Cohiba Cuban Cigars - Models, Tasting Notes & Ratings

Logo of the Cohiba Cigar Brand
Name: Cohiba
Year Founded: 1966
Strength: Medium to Full
Filler Used: Long
Flavour Profile: Spicy
Information last updated on Sunday, 12th February 2017.

Brand History

The Cohiba brand was founded in 1966.

Launched in 1992, the Siglo range was released to commemorate Christopher Columbus' voyage to the Americas. Called Línea 1492, the initial launch included the Siglo I, Siglo II, Siglo III, Siglo IV and Siglo V, with the Siglo IV added later in 2002.

Unique to the Cohiba brand, the tobacco used goes through a third fermentation process. This is to help smooth out the contegeirs in the Cigar, resulting in a smoother smoke.

Fidel Castro discusses the origin of the Cohiba brand

In 1992 Cigar Aficionado Magazine owner Marvin Shanken travelled to Cuba to interview then Cuban President Fidel Castro. Whilst discussing his favourite sized cigar with Marvin, Fidel went on to explain a little into the origins of where the Cohiba brand originated from:

"The Cohiba did not exist as a brand in Cuba. But one man who used to work for me as a bodyguard, I used to see the man smoking a very aromatic, very nice cigar, and I asked him what brand he was smoking. He told me that it was no special brand, but that it came from a friend who makes cigars and he gave them to him. I said, let's find this man. I tried the cigar, and I found it so good that we got in touch with him and asked him how he made it. Then, we set up the house [the El Laguito Factory], and he explained the blend of tobacco he used. He told which leaves he used from which tobacco plantations. He also told us about the wrappers he used and other things. We found a group of cigar makers. We gave them the material, and that was how the factory was founded. Now Cohiba is known all over the world. That was over 30 years ago."

The Name 'Cohiba'

The name Cohiba derives from the Taíno word for tobacco. The Taíno were a seafaring indigenous people that settled in the islands of The Caribbean. A subgroup of the Arawakan Indians, the Taíno were the first Indian tribe that Christopher Columbus came across when he 'discovered' The New World.

New Holographic Band

In early to mid 2014, the holographic band that was first used with the Cohiba Behike series was slowly introduced to the rest of the marca. The Robustos, Esplendidos and Siglo range started to be adorned with the new band as supplies of the old band started to run out.

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Regular Production

Limited Production

Current Production

Cohiba Coronas Especiales

Released in 1969 as part of the original Cohiba line-up.

Cohiba Coronas Especiales
Cigar Name: Coronas Especiales
Size: Panetela - T
Factory Vitola: Laguito No.2
Ring Gauge: 38
Length (mm): 152mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.
A box of Cohiba Coronas Especiales A box of Cohiba Coronas Especiales

Cohiba Espléndidos

The Crown Jewel in the Cohiba range, the Esplendidos has been for many years the brand's flagship Cigar.

Cohiba Esplendidos
Cigar Name: Espléndidos
Size: Churchill
Factory Vitola: Julieta No. 2
Ring Gauge: 47
Length (mm): 178mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Thursday, 23rd October 2014.

Cohiba Lanceros

Cohiba Lanceros
Cigar Name: Lanceros
Size: Long Panatela - T
Factory Vitola: Laguito No.1
Ring Gauge: 38
Length (mm): 192mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Medio Siglo

Released at the end of 2016, the Cohiba Medio Siglo follows the same trend in recent years of short, stubby sticks as the H. Upmann Half Corona, Partagás Serie D No. 6 and Montecristo Media Corona.

Cigar Name: Medio Siglo
Size: Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Half Corona
Ring Gauge: 44
Length (mm): 90mm
Year Released: 2016
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Sunday, 12th February 2017.

Cohiba Panetelas

Cigar Name: Panetelas
Size: Small Panatela
Factory Vitola: Laguito No.3
Ring Gauge: 26
Length (mm): 115mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Saturday, 5th July 2014.

Cohiba Pirámides Extras

The Piramides Extra is the newest addition to Cohiba range, the first Torpedo sized Regular Production addition to this brand.

Like the Behike brand, the Piramides Extra sports the new Cohiba holograph band, produced to help deter forgeries.

Cigar Name: Pirámides Extras
Size: Pirámides Extra
Factory Vitola: Pirámides Extra
Ring Gauge: 54
Length (mm): 160mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Semi Boite Nature of 10
Launch Year: 2012
Notes: First available in the United Kingdom at the LCDH Teddington, London during the final week of August.
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2012
Notes: Not yet available.
Information last updated on Saturday, 6th September 2014.
A ten count box of the Cohiba Piramides Extra Montage of the Cohiba Piramides Extra Closeup of the Cohiba Piramides Extra Closeup of the Cohiba Piramides Extra Closeup of the Cohiba Piramides Extra

Closeup Images Courtesy of Sautter Cigars.

Cohiba Robustos

Released in 1989, the Cohiba Robusto fulfills the demand for stouty, thick ring gauged Cigars that were beginning to pick up in popularity in the late 80's and early 90's. As with all Cohiba's, the Robustos is the most expensive Robusto on the market.

Cohiba Robustos
Cigar Name: Robustos
Size: Robusto
Factory Vitola: Robustos
Ring Gauge: 50
Length (mm): 124mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Tuesday, 15th December 2015.
Cohiba Robustos with the new Behike style band. Cohiba Robustos on a

Siglo Series (Linea 1492)

Siglo Introduction

The Siglo range was introduced in November 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus. The Siglo range became available widely on the international market in 1994. The Siglo I, II, III, IV and V are the five vitolas that made up the Siglo series at launch, with the Siglo VI added in 2002.

Flavour Profile

Cohiba Siglo I

The Siglo I is the smallest sized Cigar in the Siglo range. This Petit Corona, the Siglo I was released in 1994 as part of the Siglo range.

Cohiba Siglo I

Cigar Name: Siglo I
Size: Tres Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Perlas
Ring Gauge: 40
Length (mm): 102mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 25
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Siglo II

The Siglo II is a Petit Corona sized Cigar, introducted as part of the Siglo range in 1994.

Cohiba Siglo II
Cigar Name: Siglo II
Size: Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Marevas
Ring Gauge: 42
Length (mm): 129mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 25
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Siglo III

The Siglo III was released in 1994 as part of the Siglo range. A Long Corona (Coronas Grandes), the Siglo III is well revered by aficionados.

Cohiba Siglo III
Cigar Name: Siglo III
Size: Long Corona
Factory Vitola: Coronas Grandes
Ring Gauge: 42
Length (mm): 155mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 25
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Siglo IV

The Siglo IV is a Corona Gordas sized Cigar, released in 1994 as part of the Siglo range.

Cohiba Siglo IV
Cigar Name: Siglo IV
Size: Grand Corona
Factory Vitola: Coronas Gordas
Ring Gauge: 46
Length (mm): 143mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 25
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Siglo V

This Lonsdale sized Cigar was released in 1994 as part of the Siglo range.

Cohiba Siglo V
Cigar Name: Siglo V
Size: Lonsdale
Factory Vitola: Dalias
Ring Gauge: 43
Length (mm): 170mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 25
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 1994
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Siglo VI

The Siglo IV was added to the Línea 1492 series in 2002. The biggest of the Siglo Series, the Cañonazo size was created specially for this Cigar.

Cohiba Siglo VI
Cigar Name: Siglo VI
Size: Robusto Extra
Factory Vitola: Cañonazo
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 150mm

Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Cardboard Packs of 5
Launch Year: 2002
Packaging Type: Varnished Slide Lid Box of 10
Launch Year: 2002
Packaging Type: Boxes Of Three Aluminium Tubes of 3
Launch Year: 2008
Information last updated on Thursday, 9th October 2014.

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Cohiba Genios

Cohiba Genios
Cigar Name: Genios
Size: Petit Robusto
Factory Vitola: Mágicos
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 115mm
Year Released: 2007
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Magicos

Cohiba Magicos
Cigar Name: Magicos
Size: Petit Robusto
Factory Vitola: Mágicos
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 115mm
Year Released: 2007
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Secretos

Cohiba Secretos
Cigar Name: Secretos
Size: Petit Corona
Factory Vitola: Secretos
Ring Gauge: 40
Length (mm): 110mm
Year Released: 2007
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Behike

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Cohiba Behike

Introduction to the Behike series

In 2010 Habanos S.A. introduced the Behike range of Cohiba Cigars to the worldwide market. The Behike range is made up of three Cigars, the 52, 54 & 56. The name is a reference to the ring gauge of the cigar. What makes the Behike unique from other Cuban Cigars is the use of the Medio Tiempo leaf. Found at the very top of a tobacco plant, above the ligero leaf, are two additional leaves named the Medio Tiempo. It's worth noting that these two leaves don't grow on every plant.

All three Behike sizes contain the same amount medio tiempo leaf in each. This goes a long way to explain why smokers have noted that the Behike 52 has a 'fuller' distinct flavour versus the 54 and the 54 against the 56.

Cohiba Behike 52, 54 & 56.

Packaging

Along with the new holographic band, new packaging has been specifically produced for the new Behike range. All three sizes are available in a black lacquered boite nature box, containing ten cigars. Also available is a sampler gift box, containing one of each size in a similarly designed box.

Cohiba Behike 52, 54 & 56.

Introduction of new Hologram

2014 Cohiba Behike Hologram In May 2014, distributors were reporting that they had received shipment of Behike's sporting an updated band. The hologram has been updated to incorporate a new design to combat the issue of counterfeit cigars. In classic Cuba tradition, distributors were unaware of the band changes until the updated bands were in their warehouse.

Both old and new band designs will co-exist for the next six to nine months, until the old bands are used up. It's unknown whether going forward, that Habanos S.A. will continue to tweak the Cohiba band every few years in this manner. Also unknown is where the Cohiba Piramides Extras will have this updated band.

U.K. Behike Launch

The Goring On the 12th May, 2010, the Behike was launched in the U,K. at the Hunters & Frankau Summer Party. Held at the Goring Hotel in London, this annual event showcases the new releases from Cuba.

Mitchell Orchant journaled the launch party on his personal blog. There's no doubt that he had a great time - especially when there's plenty of Krug champagne to be drunk alongside the 2009 United Kingdom Regional Edition, El Rey del Mundo Choix de L'Epoque and then the Cohiba Behike 52!

Ajay Patel manages to capture the event for posterity on camera. Below is the video. Look out for some U.K. and U.S. cigar personalities including Simon Chase, James Suckling, Mitchell Orchant & Jemma Freeman.

James Suckling & Eddie Sahakian. Hunters & Frankau managed to take many photos of the Behike launch event, which can be found on their Events page. The photographer did a great job capturing some well known cigar retailers at the event, including Davidoff's Edward Sahakian, ex-Cigar Aficionado James Suckling & Rob Fox.

Anti-counterfeiting measures - holographic band

Along with the use of medio tiempo, the Behike series introduced a new measure from Habanos S.A. to combat the issue of fake cigars, a new hologram that adornes the Cohiba band:

New Cohiba band with hologram.

Two years later in 2012, Habanos S.A. introduced a new vitola to the Cohiba brand, the Cohiba Pirámides Extras, a new size that was the first outside the Behike range to utilise the new holographic band.

Counterfeit Behikes - Insider Analysis

Cigar Aficionado In June 2011, Cigar Aficionado wrote an interesting article in which they had managed two obtain two boxes of counterfeit Behikes from a dealer in northeastern United States. Accompanying the article are three videos that compare in detail one of the counterfeit boxes alongside a legitimate box. Click on the link below for more information:

Reviews

The Behike is probably the most reviewed Cuban Cigar on the Internet, with plenty of blog posts and video reviews available to read and watch. I've smoked all three Behike's over the last few years and although expensive are excellent cigars and well worth buying one for that 'special occasion'. Personally I find the 54 the best of the three. Exceptional cigar. I wrote a blog post entitled A 96 point cigar - the Cohiba Behike 54 recalling what a great cigar it was. I have added external links to each individual Behike on their corresponding page.

Cigar Aficionado 2010 'Cigar of the Year'

Cigar Aficionado's annual top 25 cigar of the year crowned the Behike 52 as the best Cigar of 2010. A worthy champion. Watch the video below:

If you would like more information regarding the Cohiba Behike series, I would suggest the following links as a good starting point:

Cohiba Behike 52

Cohiba Behike 52
Cigar Name: Behike 52
Size: Petit Robusto T
Factory Vitola: Laguito No. 4
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 119mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Behike 54

Cohiba Behike 54
Cigar Name: Behike 54
Size: Robusto Extra T
Factory Vitola: Laguito No. 5
Ring Gauge: 54
Length (mm): 144mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Cohiba Behike 56

Cohiba Behike 56
Cigar Name: Behike 56
Size: Double Robusto T
Factory Vitola: Laguito No. 6
Ring Gauge: 56
Length (mm): 166mm

Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Friday, 8th November 2013.

Limited Edition

Cohiba Piramides

Cigar Name: Piramides
Size: Pyramid
Factory Vitola: Pirámides
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 156mm
Year Released: 2006
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Saturday, 5th July 2014.

Cohiba 1966

Cigar Name: 1966
Size: Double Robusto
Factory Vitola: Cañonazo Especial
Ring Gauge: 52
Length (mm): 166mm
Year Released: 2011
Status: Currently Available.
Packaging Type: Semi Boite Nature of 10
Launch Year: 2011
Information last updated on Monday, 29th June 2015.

Cohiba Robustos Supremos

Cohiba Robustos Supremos

The Robustos Supremos is the first Cuban Cigar to have a 58 ring gauge, making this Cigar currently the thickest Cuban Cigar in living memory. The Robustos Supremos follows in the footsteps of the Cohiba Behike and Pirámides Extras in utilising the new Cohiba Hologram band. Released in the last week of November 2014 in the major European markets.

Cigar Name: Robustos Supremos
Size: Robustos Supremos
Factory Vitola: Robustos Supremos
Ring Gauge: 58
Length (mm): 127mm
Year Released: 2014
Status: Currently Available.
Information last updated on Tuesday, 6th January 2015.
The first public image of the Cohiba Robustos Supremos - LE2014.